First CRC Weekly

October 8 - October 14

Our Mission: To Glorify God by making More and Better Disciples

From the Office

Hi everyone!

Welcome to this week's CRC newsletter! Here you will find time-sensitive announcements, events, service schedules, offering schedules, and prayer list. I will send these out at the end of each week.

In Christ,

Becky - Church Office Administrator

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SUNDAY, October 10, 2021

This Sunday text: Colossians 1:1-23

LiveStream options are available on Facebook, our Church Website, or via Boxcast (Roku/Apple TV) and Podcast.

Hanford CRC Podcast!

Did you know that now you can listen to our latest sermons through your favorite Podcasting services?

Why Podcast? Podcasts give you the ability to listen anywhere without having to worry about your internet connection, or using too much data. Listen in the car, at the gym, or while you're out working on the farm, ranch, or dairy. Simply put, podcasts are easily accessible and portable so you have the freedom to tune in anytime from anywhere. Pretty cool, huh?

Find our Hanford CRC Channel on Spotify, Apple Podcast, or Online direct from your favorite mobile device.

Covid Alert

Two members of our staff tested positive for Covid this week. Pastors Andy and Vince are both at home under quarantine. Also, some of the children connected to our Children's worship ministry have tested positive for Covid and are under quarantine. We have taken steps to ensure that our Child Care facilities are clean and sanitized. However, we do ask that parents do what they think is right with regard to child safety under these conditions.

Helping Hands

This ministry has been a tremendous blessing to all of us who have laid loved ones to rest. These folks provide food and fellowship for families and friends, brothers and sisters in Christ in the event of the death of a loved one. For the past 16 years this ministry has been lead by Greta Souza and we thank her for her work and all those who assisted her in this vital ministry. As of this week the leadership responsibilities of "Helping Hands" will be taken up by Ingrid deJong.

Elder nominee for Governing Council

With the departure of Val Valdez we have a vacancy for one elder position in our "Governing Council" roster. Gerrit deJong has been selected to replace Val and his installation to office is scheduled for October 17th. We wish Val and Martha well as they transition to life on the east coast.

Wedding Announcement

Josh Kootstra and Yessenia Gomez celebrate their wedding on Saturday, October 9th. We wish them the Lord's blessing as they begin their life together as husband and wife.

Memorial Service

Marcy VanWorkum's memorial service has been scheduled for Monday, October 18th here at the church. The service will begin at 11:00AM with a luncheon to follow. The committal service is scheduled for 9:30AM at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Custodial Services

We are currently in the process of hiring a part time custodian and facilities manager. A job description is available in the office. If you know of anyone interested in this type of work please let them know of this development.

Crossroads Pregnancy Center

Crossroads' annual Walk for Life will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at Calvary Chapel, 1900 N. Douty Street, Hanford. Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. Walk begins at 9:00 a.m. Our theme this year is Together for Life.

Sponsor\pledge forms will be available soon. If you have any questions or would like more information, please free free to call us at 583-1900 or email us at:

Another option is to register for the Walk on our website or download the pledge form at



New City Catechism of the Week: 48

What is the church?


Coffee Break - Regular meetings on Tuesday evenings @ 6:30 pm

(for more info please see Carla Koostra)

Wednesday Morning Coffee Break - Wednesday mornings @ 10:00 (for more info please see Jeanne de Haan)

Womens Bible study - Tuesday mornings @ 9:30am (for more info please contact Gayle Zonneveld)

MSM & Common Ground ~ Sunday, October 10rd @ 6pm

CADETS ~ Meeting - Wednesday, October 13th @ 6pm

GEMS ~ Wednesday, October 13th @ 6:30pm


Friday: John & Angela Lemos, Mark & Jordan Tos, Brielle de Jong

Saturday: Jennifer Koelewyn

Sunday: Johnny & Lauren Zonneveld, Emmett Carpenter, Nicolas Brown


Tuesday: Rodney & Linda Kamper, Anita Lemos, Bob Koelewyn

Wednesday: Victoria Tos, Wendy Reenders

Thursday: Alycia Medina Brown


Common Ground is made of co-ed youth in grades nine through twelve. Meetings are held Sundays @ 6pm in the loft. Please contact Shonie Holt at (559-936-3360) for more information.

Middle School Ministry is made of co-ed youth in grades seventh and eighth. Please contact Shonie Holt at (559-936-3360) for more information.

Cadets is a program for boys in third through eighth grade. Please contact Dave Danielson at (559-381-6215) for more information

GEMS (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior) is a program for girls in third through eighth grade. Please contact Martha Valdez at (619-471-4014) for more information.


Special Offerings:

This week: Safe Families

Next week: Christian Ed.

General Fund Report of Offerings and gifts:

Approved budget for fiscal year 2021/2022 - $873,000

($72,750 needed per month to make budget)

General fund offerings through September 30, 2021 - $44,180.50 (we reached 6.4% of our 2021/22 budget)

General Fund expenses through September 30, 2021 - $88,457.31 (we spent 10.1% of our 2021/22 budget)

Giving is available online 24/7 at Video and Written Instruction links will be provided for your convenience.

  • Feel free to mail your donations to the church office (2175 Leoni Drive, Hanford, CA 93230)
  • Cash donations will be accepted during normal office hours only (M-TH 8:30 AM–2:30 PM)

If you are writing a check to the church, the bank has requested that all checks be made payable to the First Christian Reformed Church of Hanford. If the checks are made payable to another name they may be rejected.

Want to save time and hassle? Check out our Online Giving program at or ask a Deacon for assistance. Thank you for your continued support.


Click here to go to our online donation portal

Our Church Family

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Alana Villalobos - Return of her vision due to the corneal ulcer

Ashlyn Villalobos - Mini Stroke


Romans 12:10 says, "Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves." It can be easy to forget about those that we don't see each week. We hope that you take some time to visit, send cards, and pray for these members of our family:

Bob Carvalho, Johanna Hakker, Norm & Audrey Galloway, Richard & Marilyn Maccagno, Helen Schilder

Martha Chandler (Alice Manor in Fowler)

Janet Henshaw (Lemoore Elderly Apts)

Helen Noland (The Remington)

Jeanette Stout, Corrie Vennema (Valley Christian Home)

Linda Reenders (Palm Village in Reedley)


Ed Miguel (Teri Koelewyn’s father) - has gone onto hospice

Theresa Lemos (Anita Lemos daughter-in-law) is home and recovering with Oxygen therapy


Cal & Jamie Hofland and Roger & Sue Scheenstra


Stewart & Christine deJong


"In House" New City Catechism - All parents with at least one child between the ages of 3 and 6th grade are invited to take part in New City Catechism! Download the app (search "New City Catechism APP") on your phone, tablet, or other electronic devices. The lesson this week will be: What is the church? (week 48) Join the ‘City Catechism Discussion with First CRC’ Group on Facebook!

Central Valley Christian School is seeking a Full Time Director of Marketing and Communications. Fantastic leadership role to promote and communicate the mission of CVCS. In addition, a Part Time After School Care position is also available. If interested in either position, please contact and submit resume to

Did you know that you can access our congregation's Business Meeting minutes directly from our website? That's right! All approved meeting minutes from the past year for Governing Council, Ministering Elders, Ministering Deacons, and our Annual Congregational Meeting Minutes are available online. Want access? Inquire with Becky at the office. 559-582-4423 or

serving schedules


Nursery: Jordan Tos, AJ Bekedam

Children's Worship: Storyteller: (Lions) Bob Beede, Liz de Jong

(Lambs) Shonie Holt, Brigit de Jong


Nursery: Gayle Zonneveld, Alana Villalobos

Children's Worship: Storyteller: (Lions) Stevi Zonneveld, Kelly Bekedam

(Lamb) Elizabeth de Jong, Mark Tos

Want to get in touch with our staff?

Lambert Sikkema, Pastor -

Andy Hanson, Associate Pastor -

Vince Godfrey, Pastor of Worship and Liturgy -

Becky Villalobos, Church Office Administrator -

Shonie Holt, High School Youth Director -

Elizabeth de Jong, Children's Ministry Director -

Tim Thomas, Director of Technical Services -

Adam Danielson, Custodian - 559-410-0443

About Us

Please join us for our Sunday worship service at 9:30am. Locked boxes will be available for your tithes and offerings.